Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (44 reviews) - 59% of the 44 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (3,389 reviews) - 55% of the 3,389 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 11, 2014

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“Depression Quest hinges on its deeply personal writing style. It feels as though you’re reading someone’s unfiltered mental diary. Depression Quest is uncomfortable in that it feels voyeuristic, but the cramped proximity is how you develop a relationship with the character. It’s why, by the end, I was able to say I understood depression a bit better. It's a window.”
Giant Bomb

“[Depression Quest] is ‘game’ as communication, comfort and tool of understanding.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Besides the blues-ridden story, it's just a well-made game overall. It's excellently written, well-paced, and so engaging that you might just find yourself playing again to find out what might happen”
GameSpy

About This Game

Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment. This game aims to show other sufferers of depression that they are not alone in their feelings, and to illustrate to people who may not understand the illness the depths of what it can do to people.

  • Over 40k words of interactive fiction.
    Playthroughs are short enough to be done in one day, but long enough for the game to have gotten it's point across.
  • About 150 unique encounters.
    Based on your depression levels, different choices open and close off to you.
  • Content generated based on your decisions.
    The choices you make have a real effect on how your playthrough turns out.
  • Multiple endings.
    See how your choices affected the game's world, and how well you've managed your depression.
  • Audio and visuals react to your depression.
    Listen as the music gets glitchier and see how much stronger the static gets. Watch the color get sucked out of how you see the world.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2+
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or later
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04+, Fedora 18+, Arch, Gentoo
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 3 / Athlon 64 or later
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad support unavailable on Linux platform
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Recent:
Mixed (44 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (3,389 reviews)
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Saura
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is...very very wonderful in a way that is hard to explain.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Mr. Studman
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
0/8: not so gr8 b8, m8
Helpful? Yes No Funny
RoseyTheDorky~
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
If you Have Depression I recomend you dont play this game because if you do get the good ending you are gonna hope life turns out that way for you too but sadly you have to make that happen... you have to talk to people and take the medication and you have to learn how to stop showing it so easily.... Sometimes depending on who you tell they all have different reactions... And if you get the sad ending you sit there and believe that its whats going to happen to you so you keep going back and you try to pick desisions you would do because if you choose the things that lead to that its gonna happen right? WRONG... people can change within the years and eventually theres a chance you make friends and you can help eachother out... Eventually you start to feel useful again and the grey clouds start to go away... and possibly if you are lucky you can find that one person that will help you through anything.... you can make friends easily again and you can start to talk again... and eventually you will stop being so down all the time and saying sorry for every little thing... Eventually you can be happy again but not if you play this game... If you play this game you will learn alot about different theories of depression but if you play it while already having depression it can give you flashbacks to when you were like that or it can even make you hit a depression spike... Sometimes Depression is a scary thing and such a deep dark hole to try and climb out of... I warn you to not play it if you have depression.... But if you do... Dont fall backwards... Keep climbing out... You can talk to me if you need to....
Helpful? Yes No Funny
soviet strayagrad
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Great strory about depression with the path and outcomes I chose resulted in being isolated from the outside world.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Mutilated
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I play this game every time the wife brings home 5 guys.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
wewiles
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is one hour of my life I will never get back. Thanks Five Guys and Fries
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Hektor Hernández
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Please play this
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Elcid
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Im not depressed but just under a year ago im sure i was , this brife glimps into anothers story has taught me alot about howto deal with the problem whether i have it or another does.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
DynastyWarrior5438
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
i didnt really enjoy it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Boring, ♥♥♥♥, and a terrible "narrative-game". You can do better than this. Like Dear Esther, Emily is Typing, etc.
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29 of 47 people (62%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
you can't even kill yourself in this game smh
looks like i have to in real life now
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27 of 45 people (60%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
This game succeeds at showing why you shouldn't listen to "reviewers" or "professionals" or anyone else paid to share their opinions.
This games sucks as a game. It's a boring waste of time. In my opinion. Maybe you'll like it. If you do, I recommend the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books. They're like this, but actually fun, and not written by someone focused on shoving a political agenda down your throat.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
18 of 30 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Its pretty rubbish, why did I even download this game.
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18 of 30 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
according to this game i have depression.
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
HOW NOT TO MAKE A GAME 101!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I play this game every time the wife brings home 5 guys.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This is one hour of my life I will never get back. Thanks Five Guys and Fries
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
If you Have Depression I recomend you dont play this game because if you do get the good ending you are gonna hope life turns out that way for you too but sadly you have to make that happen... you have to talk to people and take the medication and you have to learn how to stop showing it so easily.... Sometimes depending on who you tell they all have different reactions... And if you get the sad ending you sit there and believe that its whats going to happen to you so you keep going back and you try to pick desisions you would do because if you choose the things that lead to that its gonna happen right? WRONG... people can change within the years and eventually theres a chance you make friends and you can help eachother out... Eventually you start to feel useful again and the grey clouds start to go away... and possibly if you are lucky you can find that one person that will help you through anything.... you can make friends easily again and you can start to talk again... and eventually you will stop being so down all the time and saying sorry for every little thing... Eventually you can be happy again but not if you play this game... If you play this game you will learn alot about different theories of depression but if you play it while already having depression it can give you flashbacks to when you were like that or it can even make you hit a depression spike... Sometimes Depression is a scary thing and such a deep dark hole to try and climb out of... I warn you to not play it if you have depression.... But if you do... Dont fall backwards... Keep climbing out... You can talk to me if you need to....
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny